Five key points for building a successful career in banking and financial services.

01 June, 2015

On the 21 May ifs University College hosted a panel event on building a successful career in banking and financial services.

The panel was made up of members from Barclays, HSBC and Deloitte. During the evening they discussed many aspects of their own careers and gave lots of ‘take away’ advice for those that attended. If you were unable to attend here are five key points from the evening.   

  1. Make the most of internships and work experience opportunities.
    These are an excellent way to make your mark in a company. Use any placement to your advantage and to expand your network. Remember you are in competition with others so you need to go above and beyond to get noticed.
  2. Develop your network
    You should never underestimate the importance of your network. You have to get out there and make connections; a well maintained network will help you throughout your career.  Networking events and seminars, like the ones offered by ifs University College are great a way to make contacts and practise your networking skills.
  3. Take Risks
    Business leaders who take risks are often the most successful.  Don’t become too comfortable and don’t be afraid to make changes.  Always ask yourself if you can make improvements on your current situation.
  4. Never stop learning and developing
    The financial services industry is constantly changing and evolving. You need to stay one step ahead to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from this. To do this you must keep your knowledge up to date thorough further training or study. ifs University College offers a wide range of courses that might be able to help you.
  5. Plan your career
    Having a Plan B and Plan C will enable you to plan your career path.  This gives you focus   and in turn develops your career resilience. This will then put you in good stead when you want to make changes or review your options.